“It’s no wonder chocolate is so popular among women as it stimulates certain pleasure centers in the brain and releases magic chemicals flooding those pleasure centers. ”

Saying women love chocolate is a cliché worthy of Cathy cartoon from the 1980’s. Yes it’s true. But we also really love wine as well as light BDSM as cultural trends of book sales would indicate. But back to chocolate. We all have a secret stash. That place high in the cabinet where mommy hides her “period peanut butter cups”. We have collectively gotten more sophisticated in tastes and demands for our prescription of chocolate. The box of Russell Stovers that got picked over in the Valentine’s days of yore, are truly a thing of the past as chocolatiers have gotten savvier and sexier in the quality, flavor and complexity of their choices.

It’s no wonder chocolate is so popular among women as it stimulates certain pleasure centers in the brain and releases magic chemicals flooding those pleasure centers. We all are familiar with that sweet rush when we melt a favorite piece of chocolate on our tongue. The truth is eating chocolate does make us happy as endorphins bind with the opiate receptors in the brain which gives us an almost high. Also chocolate is dietary source of tryptophan which is the neurotransmitter of a positive mood.

We as consumers now know we have a choice in our cocoa to milk percentage ratio as well as more creative flavors and that the darker chocolate the more loaded it is with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. There are more and more artisanal chocolate makers offering organic choices as well as every variety of flavor from spicy cayenne pepper to savory bits of bacon sprinkled into our bars.

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Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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